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Beartown State Park
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Hillsboro
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Owner description: Beartown State Park is a natural area of 107 acres located on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain, seven miles southwest of Hillsboro, West Virginia. The name Beartown was chosen because local residents claimed that the many cave-like openings in the rocks made ideal winter dens for the black bears of the area. Also, the many deep, narrow crevasses were formed in a somewhat regular criss-cross pattern and appear from above like the streets of a small town. Beartown is noted for its unusual rock formations, which are comprised of Droop, or Pottsville, Sandstone formed during the Pennsylvanian age. Massive boulders, overhanging cliffs, and deep crevasses stir the imagination of most visitors. Pocketing the face of the cliffs are hundreds of eroded pits, ranging from the size of marbles to others large enough to hold two grown men. Ice and snow commonly remain in the deeper crevasses until mid to late summer. Vegetation clings tenaciously to life, sending roots into mere cracks in the rocks.The land was purchased in 1970 with funds from the Nature Conservancy and a donation from Mrs. Edwin G. Polan, in memory of her son, Ronald Keith Neal, who lost his life in the Vietnam War. Development of the park has been minimal in order to preserve the natural attractions of the area. However, basic facilities are provided, and a boardwalk permits easy access. Interpretive signs along the boardwalk guide visitors and provide insights concerning the ecology of the area. The park is open daily from April to October. During the closed winter season foot travel to the boardwalk area is welcome, with parking available at the closed entrance gate. Group tours may be arranged by contacting the Superintendent at nearby Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park. No fee is charged to visit Beartown.
Midlothian, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
541 reviews
183 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2013

YOUNG or OLD will love walking through these enormous rock formations, what a great surprise for me a photographer and lover of huge rocks. I could have stayed and stayed walking around here, allow at least half hour or more BEAUTIFUL, we were there In Autumn

Visited October 2013
3 Thank jeannette y
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Cranberry Twp.
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Amazing place to see.”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Beartown is one of those places that if you are within 100 miles you need to see this place. I was there early morning in the fall and the sun had not yet burned off all the fog. It was a really cool experience plus I did not see another soul. Lots of birds and small game animals. Very relaxing and enjoyable place.

Visited November 2012
3 Thank Michael G
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Napa, California
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great place to reconnect with nature!”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Not necessarily for families with little ones due to the terrain, Beartown will however be a great adventure to older children. There are no entrance or admission fees to visit and enjoy Beartown State Park.

Visited October 2012
4 Thank KbOlivera
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Jane Lew, West Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very unique place”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Beartown State Park is an awesome place of natural beauty! The rock formations are very unique. The board walk through the Park is great. You need to take about 1 - 2 hours to enjoy the beauty. Pocahontas county is West Virginia is full of great places to see, Watoga State Park, Cranberry Glades, the Falls of Hills Creek, and Greenbank Observatory. But my favorite is Beartown!

Visited July 2013
4 Thank dinah m
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Boones Mill, Virginia
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67 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2013

Such a beautiful place! The boardwalks throughout the entire park are very well maintained. The formations are quite breathtaking! We will certainly go again!

Visited August 2013
Thank Shirley J
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